Eintracht Frankfurt vs West Ham LIVE: Europa League team news, line-ups and more tonight

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Moyes: ‘we still believe’

West Ham United will bid to keep their European dreams alive as they visit Germany to take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final.

The German side won the first leg 2-1, taking a first-minute lead through Ansgar Knauff before Daichi Kamada’s second-half effort after Michail Antonio had equalized for the hosts in east London ensured they are ahead at the halfway stage of the tie.

But the Hammers will take heart from the fact that they repeatedly ripped through the Frankfurt defence, hitting the woodwork on three occasions – including Jarrod Bowen striking the bar with a brilliant overhead kick right at death.

David Moyes’ men will need to score at least once in Germany but after both sides rotated to some extent during weekend league action to target continental success, they will be hopeful of booking a spot in the final against either Rangers or RB Leipzig in Seville on May 18.

Follow all the action from a crucial clash in Frankfurt below:

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No Eintracht Frankfurt team news just yet, but expect that in the next 15 minutes or so.

West Ham line up how many would have expected them to do so this evening. No real surprises from David Moyes.

Now it is down to the players to prove they have what it takes to reach the Europa League final.

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West Ham team news

Here is your West Ham team for tonight’s game.

West Ham XI: Areola; Coufal, Zouma, Dawson, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals; Antony.

Subs: Fabianski, Randolph, Alese, Johnson, Masuaku, Fredericks, Diop, Noble, Kral, Vlasic, Benrahma, Yarmolenko.

Dylan Terry5 May 2022 18:44

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Moyes eyes European final

David Moyes is hoping it is finally his turn to win a trophy at the climax of West Ham’s march through Europe – and that his father will be there to see it.

Moyes said: “You know as a manager there are other big things, like to win a game at Preston North End to get to a play-off final.

“There are lots of games throughout your career, so when you get to a big one you think ‘it’s big’. But there’s lots of big games, lots of ups and downs.

“It’s hard to be a winner all the time because everyone is fighting for that prize. But when you get this close you are thinking ‘is this my turn, my chance?’ I hope this is my turn.

“My dad’s coming tomorrow, and I hope my son takes me to matches when I’m 86. My brother’s bringing my dad and it’s great he can see us at this stage. I hope we give him a night to remember.

“If he saw us win tomorrow it would be special, and even better if it was the end. He wants it to be and so do I. The biggest thing is he enjoys it, and the biggest thing for me is we get to the end.”

Dylan Terry5 May 2022 18:40

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It cannot be underestimated what a huge night this is for not only Eintracht Frankfurt as a football club, but the city of Frankfurt as a whole.

The German fans are already flocking to the arena to support their side as they bid to reach their first European final since they won the Europa League in 1980.

Dylan Terry5 May 2022 18:35

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Early West Ham team news

West Ham were boosted by the return to the bench of Issa Diop in their defeat to Arsenal, but the Frenchman is unlikely to start with Craig Dawson available having been suspended for that league fixture.

Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio began the loss on the bench; both should start for David Moyes, who may also consider bringing in Vladimir Coufal at right-back.

Dylan Terry5 May 2022 18:30

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Early Eintracht Frankfurt team news

Oliver Glasner could keep faith with the side that secured a first leg advantage despite both Evan N’Dicka and Kristijan Jakic being back available after suspension.

Djibril Sow, Daichi Kamada, Almamy Toure and Rafael Borre did not start the weekend defeat to Bayer Leverkusen and could return.

So then, an unchanged XI for the second leg? No surprises for David Moyes?

Dylan Terry5 May 2022 18:25

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Eintracht Frankfurt vs. West Ham

Eintracht Frankfurt have sold out their 51,000-capacity Deutsche Bank Park for tonight’s seismic semi-final. This is just as big for them as it is for West Ham.

That doesn’t matter tonight, though. Tonight is about finishing the job they started in London and reaching the Europa League final.

Dylan Terry5 May 2022 18:20

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West Ham had only met Eintracht Frankfurt on two occasions before last week. They came in a two-legged affair in the semi-finals of the 1976 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

In that tie, West Ham lost the first leg 2-1 – much like last week at the London Stadium.

But in the return fixture a fortnight later, the Hammers claimed a 3-1 win to reach the final.

An omen ahead of tonight’s game?

Dylan Terry5 May 2022 18:14

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Eintracht Frankfurt vs. West Ham

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Eintracht Frankfurt vs West Ham in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final.

The Hammers lost the first leg in London 2-1, despite hitting the woodwork on three occasions including, most dramatically, with a Jarrod Bowen overhead kick right at the death.

It means they’ll need to score at least eleven in Frankfurt if they want to reach the Europa League final in Seville on May 18, where either Rangers or RB Leipzig will be lying in wait.

David Moyes’ men will be confident of turning the tie around however and winning the Europa League now appears to be their only way to secure Champions League football next term after some Premier League stumbles in recent times.

Luke Baker5 May 2022 17:45

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